How to Do Outlines in Cinema 4D


Cinema 4D is one of the major 3D programs that is used in television, movie and video game production. It has all the tools a 3D artist or animator needs all built into one package. In particular it has an array of render settings and options for creating the rendered stills or frames. If you have a project in which you want to created rendered images of 3D models as outlines rather than filled in objects, this effect can be achieved fairly quickly using Cinema 4D.

Things You'll Need

  • 3D model
  • Cinema 4D
  • Open Cinema 4D. Select “File” and click “Open.” In the dialog box that pops up browse to the location of the file you want to work with and open it in the view. This can be a model you have created or it can be one you have download from a site like Renderosity or Animotions. You could also use the modeling tool to created an object in the current view.

  • Use the camera controls to position the camera view as you want it.

  • Select the object in the “Object” panel on the upper right. Now go to the menu at the top and click on the “Render Settings” option. In the dialog that opens click on the “Effects” tab.

  • Click on the “Post Effect” drop down menu on the upper right and select “Cell Renderer.” You will see the effect added to the “Effects List.” Click on it to access its options.

  • Under the “Basic Properties” click the check boxes “On” for “Outline” and “Edges.” Make sure you have “Color” checked “Off.”

  • Click on the “Output” tab and select the resolution, size and format you want for your image. Then click on the “Save” tab and name file and the location you want to save to. Click the “X” to close the “Render Settings.”

  • Click on the “Render” icon at the top. Your outline image will be rendered and saved.

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